The seat of the Mughal power in India, Agra has ethereal charms as a heritage city where history, traditions, colors and a unique energy can be experienced seeping out though its corners.
One of the most visited tourist destinations in India, Agra is also known for its flourishing bazars (markets) where the true cosmopolitan character of the city comes out in all its dimensions. With Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort already in the list of to do things in Agra, the charms of Agra bazar is something unique, which cannot be missed.
There are variety of options for which one can shop for in Agra. Besides the miniature Taj as souvenirs, which are the obvious favorites, tourists can purchase stone handicrafts, apparels, shoes, spices, marble work, snacks, ethnic clothes, leather products etc. Some of the best places for doing shopping in Agra are listed below:
Unique Arts and Crafts
This is a wholesale shop selling items such as different Taj Souvenirs, products with elaborate carvings, products with mosaic and mirror work etc. The shop has items with diverse price range and one can shop away articles from small curios to as large as garden furniture.
An old and venerable shop, the Subhash Emporium is one of the best places in Agra to buy stone handicrafts and other carved products. The quality of the products and the workmanship speaks for itself and this also partially explains the high price of the items. But this is a great place to take away an endurable and beautiful stone product back home.
Located behind the Jama Masjid, the Kinari Bazar is a busy thoroughfare of lanes and streets, exuding a charm of bright colors and hustling sounds. Walking through the Kinari Bazar is a unique experience in itself. One can shop for a variety of products. From marble works to jewelry, spices, fabrics and clothing, there are tremendously diverse options. The market is crowded for most of the time, but nevertheless is a great place to be.
This is probably the best place to do shopping in Agra. Located close to both Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, the market is famous for leather products, petha (sweets), garments and handicrafts. Sadar Bazar is also close to the Agra Cantt. Railway Station and opens at 11 AM in the morning and closes at 11 PM.